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Hawksmoor House at Matjieskuil Farm
Ranked #37 of 112 Stellenbosch B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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49 reviews
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“Serenity just 30 minutes away from Cape Town”
Reviewed 24 June 2013

We have stayed here a couple of times and the past weekend visiting the farm again I remember why we keep coming back. The beautiful scenery and warm welcome from friendly staff and dogs make you feel at home instantly. Daily tea with a cake that is baked in the morning is well deserved treat at tea time. Breakfast are wholesome with a variety of choice. We were booked into the green room with beautiful antique furniture and modern bathroom. They also produce very good wines, which we were able to have on our first night. I can't wait to come back next year. Thank you very much to Kirsten and her team for always making us feel special.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Camberley UK
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

Great rooms very spacious, stylish and comfortable we stayed in a garden room with doors open to the garden with comfy sofa looking out where we were severed fresh coffee and cake what a wonderful start to our stay.
The friendly staff and dogs make your stay special the food was amazing. We would love to stay again. It was may when we stayed so it was chilly at night and plug in radiators were supplied they struggled a bit with such a big bedroom. I would also say if you don't want to drive or pay taxi's in & out of town then it's probably not the best choice for you, but we loved it.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

One of my favourite scenes by novelist Kurt Vonnegut is where he describes the late night bonding between an insomniac war veteran and his faithful dog, where he writes “I let him know that I like him and he lets me know that he likes me.” This simple sentiment is what I wish to express about everything at Hawksmoor House, including their two easily likeable hounds. From the first email, to the reception at the hotel, to the tour of the grand Cape Dutch style homestead, one is made to feel warmly welcomed.

I run out of superlatives during the showing of the 300-year old homestead, with its original Aga stove and Oregon pine corner kitchen cupboard. The resplendent dining room is layered with priceless antiques, with enormous double doors and windows. The lounge has a cavernous fireplace and beautifully upholstered grand chairs. There is an elegant furnished verandah at the back of the building, overlooking a long Koi pond with thick purple lavender bushes back-lit by the setting sun.

I love a property with plenty of tumbling outbuildings, which abound here at Hawksmoor House. The accommodation has been expertly integrated into the outbuildings and the original manor house, such that no new additions have been built onto the property. It is hard to choose amongst the fabulously decorated suites, but finally I settle on a stay in the old Slave Quarters, in the grey room. The grey walls are so rich they almost look blue in the sunlight which streams into the room throughout the day. Even the elaborate French country-style dressing table, wardrobe and mirrors are painted in the same grey tones. The colour is enhanced by the white borders of the tall sash windows and double doors, and the cool, creamy limestone flagged floors. The room has views over the autumn-hued vineyards, across the valley to the mountains beyond. Indeed, I like this place very well.

What I love about Hawksmoor House:
The lovely approach into the estate, towards the original Cape Dutch homestead, flanked by two equally gracious oak trees
The celebration of the historical buildings, which have been sensitively restored to be light and spacious without losing any architectural integrity
Staying on a working farm, without preciousness or sterile blandness, but full of texture and warm country hospitality
Gentle pooches which elegantly decorate the Persian carpets in the impressive dining room
Individually decorated suites with lavish style and bold use of modern colour
Conveniently located just off the N1, with easy access to Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek and Cape Town, yet with a country feel which encourages a gentle slowing down of one’s usual frenetic pace of life

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If I stay here much longer I shall be a very clean prune – I find myself entering slow time and I have one of the lengthiest, loveliest baths ever. A deep Victoria and Albert bath is set up against a tall sash window, with views across the valley to the mountains beyond. I watch the setting sun turn the mountains and skies pink, enjoying the contrast of the cool breeze from the open window with the hot water. Some guinea fowl are outside the window making their musical tuck-tucking.

Single-tasking is the new buzz word on the spiritual and psychological block – the simple act of doing one thing at a time, with mindful attention and appreciation. An antidote to the stress and hectic pace of modern life, the idea is to be fully present to each activity, using this awareness to slow us down and become more awake to life. And what better place to try out this practice than at Hawksmoor House, in the beautiful Cape winelands.

We have so little time on this earth – do we really want to spend it living a kind of half-life – never slowing enough to feel the texture of fresh food, the grass under our feet or the sun on our skin? We lose hours, days, weeks to mindless rushing or dull drudgery. Instead we are invited to participate actively in the small everyday miracles of life – the full experience of tasting a cup of tea, not gulping it down while texting and planning when to fit in the shopping. I am having the privilege of entering into this slow time at this country retreat, where time is stretching before me in delicious, sacred moments. And I highly recommend it to you, wherever you find yourself now, in this moment of time.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

It will be difficult to describe our experience in words, we recently got married at Hawksmoor House and to sum it up our experience was majestically. A big thank you to Kirsten and her team, they made our experience memorable and magical in every way possible, everything was perfectly executed from the catering to the service. The team were very hospitable during our stay and made us all feel part of one big family, like us our guests were in awe . All the rooms are unique and breathtaking! The house gives you a modern yet antique feel. We highly recommend staying in this 300 year old house, a piece of treasure hidden in Stellenbosch, Cape Town. We look forward to our next visit :)

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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48 reviews
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

We stayed at Hawksmoor for a wedding and although we were a small group, the whole place was blocked out for us, which made it feel very intimate and more special. We felt like we were at home. Kirsten and her team are hands on, yet never invading. I think they even arrange the stunning sunsets for their guests ...! Everything is so cosy and relaxing. The views are stunning (lovely view of table mountain) and the absence of TV gives you the opportunity to switch off and relax. Hawksmoor is barely 15km from Stellenbosch, with the wine route starting virtually from your doorstep. Don't forget to try out the Hawksmoor wine while you're there.
A little piece of paradis on earth!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Nerja, Spain
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125 reviews
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

A fabulous old mansion, to which you are welcomed like a valued house guest. Tea and cakes are made for you on arrival and enormous care is taken by the management to make your stay as good as possible. Perfect for relaxation, and ideally situated for a visit to the winelands, and nearby Stellenbosch and Franschoek. Might be a bit remote for a winter visit, and being surrounded by so many valuable antiques has one one tenterhooks !

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 22 April 2013

Superb experience, delightful staff, wonderful dogs, great room, fine food and the wine!!!!...idyllic setting.
Relaxing on the stoop watching the sun go down over Table Mountain was a life time experience Don't tell too many peopleplease...I want to go back there

Room Tip: All the rooms I glimpsed had their own unique charm...ask for what you like
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hawksmoor House at Matjieskuil Farm
Address: Matjieskuil Farm, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #37 of 112 B&Bs / Inns in Stellenbosch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hawksmoor House at Matjieskuil Farm 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hawksmoor House is an authentic Cape Dutch retreat located on a wine farm near Stellenbosch, only 25 minutes from Cape Town. Meticulously restored and decorated with exquisite antiques and stylish contemporary touches, it occupies a stunning location overlooking Table Mountain. Hawksmoor House offers a totally unspoilt, unpolished and relaxed country home experience. If you love dogs, dirt roads, sunsets, wine by candlelight and an owl outside your window, you have found your place! ... more   less 
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